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Examining Role Of Electronic Health Records

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Electronic Health Records

As part ofa series on health care reform, ABC's "World News"on Tuesday reported on the Veterans Affairs health care system. According to"World News," the VA is a "prominent example of socializedmedicine in America"(Gibson, "World News," ABC, 12/12).

Some health care experts believe that the VA has become "one of the besthealth care systems in the country" by increasing its use of health careinformation technology, "World News" reports. Phil Longman, a healthcare expert and author, said the VA improved care "[f]irst and foremost,by pioneering electronic medical records."

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According to "World News," the VA's "life-long relationship withpatients" gives it "a strong financial incentive to invest intechnology that aids preventive medicine." The VA has fewer medicalerrors, more effective treatment, lower costs and higher patient satisfactioncompared with private hospitals, "World News" reports. In addition,the VA spends about $1,500 less per patient than Medicare, according to"World News" (Johnson, ABC.com, 12/12).

The segment also includes comments from Ross Fletcher, a physician at the VAMedical Center in Washington, D.C., who helped develop the VA'selectronic health record system, anda VA patient (Johnson, "World News," ABC, 12/12).

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